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Posted by : cj on Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 12:59 PM
Chicago Poetry News: Click On Headlines .
Hey Poetry Gang, here is some poetry news that you can actually use!

There is lots of poetry news brewing for and about the youngest generation of poets in Chicago and is joining in the movement. Cram Volume 9 features work by four students from Joseph E. Gary Elementary School. You can pick up a free copy of Cram 9 at the Printers Ball or at the big release reading at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave, on Saturday, August 14, 7 PM. The release is free and all ages.

The new management at the Poetry Center of Chicago is really making some waves. I hear they may start up the free members workshops soon. Also, they now have the complete Hands on Stanzas anthology of young poets published online! Click here to check it out.

The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Poetry Committee recently named Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston's anthology, The Tree That Time Built a Celebration of Nature Science and Imagination (Sourcebooks, with audio CD; juvenile poetry), one of the best poetry books published in 2009, and an excellent resource for the classroom. You can order it by clicking here.

In other poetry scene news, the first issue of MUZZLE is now online. MUZZLE publishes poetry, art, comics, interviews, book reviews, and performance reviews, and is particularly interested in collaborative and multi-media pieces for the next issue. Learn about all the fun by clicking here. And in a related story, I've been hearing a lot of good things about the Vox Ferus After Dark Workshops. Click here to learn about them straight from the source.

Learn how to enter the RHINO 2011 Founders Prize by clicking here.

Learn about Tim Hunt's book, Redneck Yoga, by clicking here.

Check this out! The Second Annual Cradle of American Haiku Festival will happen from Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12, at Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The festival will include several workshops and presentations on the form and art of Japanese poetic forms, readings of haiku, and Japanese art. This year’s theme is “Remembering Robert Spiess—His Life and Work.” Spiess was a longtime haikuist and author, and former editor of “Modern Haiku,” an international journal of haiku and haiku studies. The cost of the festival is $30 which includes workshops, all activities, reception, and picnic. For more information, with a schedule of events and lodging options, contact Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, The Haiku Society of America, at email or by phone at 847-881-2664.

Finally, I was so busy this summer helping to organize a boycott of the world's biggest polluter that I didn't even notice this year's New City Top 50 list. The performance poetry scene is especially ignored in it this year, but for what it is worth, a list about authors and their books sponsored by a free rag that the lit community is otherwise oblivious to during the other 51 weeks of the year, it is a much better list than we've seen in previous years. I think this might have been the first time a critic, Roger Ebert, received the number one spot. See what you think by clicking here. Perhaps the performance poetry scene ought to start up its own Top 50 list, hmm?

Don't forget. If you want even more Chicago poetry information at your fingertips, you can always use our direct link to the original or should I say "classic" Chicago Poetry Calendar -- -- where you will get poetry news that you can actually use.

Signing out for now, peace and much love,

CJ Laity

Furthermore, there will be a Learn Then Burn Book Release Party on Thursday, July 29, at 7:30 PM, at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. Learn Then Burn (Write Bloody Publishing) is an anthology featuring some of the nation's best spoken word poets including National Poetry Slam Champs, World Slam Champs, and Def poets. It is designed for teachers to use in the classroom (no "F" bombs). Performing at the release event will be Kevin Coval, Robbie Q Telfer, Marty McConnell, Dan Sully, Billy Tuggle, Joel Chmara, Sarah Morgan and Tim Stafford. It's free and all ages.

And on Thursday, July 29, 8 PM, at Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave, Luis Humberto Valadez will be one of the many guests for Chicago HOPES Presents: Bright Lights for Bright Kids II. Chicago HOPES provides educational support, tutoring, and arts enrichment programs to students (K-12) living in Chicago homeless shelters. Click here to learn more. It's $10 suggested and 21 and over.

Gregg Shapiro will be reading at The Cafe, 5115 N. Lincoln Ave, on Tuesday, July 27, with open mic, 8:30 PM.

On Wednesday, July 28, 8:30 PM, the Guild Complex will be hosting another BYOP event, this time featuring representatives from two different feminist literary organizations: Proyecto Latina and dancing girl press. It happens at California Clipper, 1002 N. California, and it's free but you have to be at least 21.

Join Kristiana Rae Colón, Natalie Edwards, Rebecca George and many others for the first Saturday Salon on August 7, 8 PM, at Rumble Arts Center, 3413 W. North Ave. The Division Collective hopes to create a space for artists to feel open, safe, and adventurous enough to put themselves out there – to share not only their work, but themselves.

On Friday, July 30, from 7:30 PM until Midnight, if you aren't at the Printers Ball picking up your free copy of Cram 9, you can check out Real Talk Live featuring avery r. young, burlesque dancer Chloe Beaujolais, and a huge cast of performance poets, with an open mic, at somebody's home at 4520 N. Monticello Ave. 18+ please!

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